About Library Friends

Libfriends-orng-trns-600The Library Friends group was established in the 1972-73 academic year when 347 charter members donated $12,175. Today, the Friends organization is nearly 3,000 strong.

The University Library hallway housing the bronze tablets gave me a much-needed shot of confidence in 1964.
As an impoverished, small-town guy with no exposure to college life, I was forced to work two jobs to pay college and living expenses. As my freshman year progressed, exhaustion and the need to send money home to the family were taking their toll. The University Library became a study haven for me, and that shot of confidence came when I saw my cousin's name on a bronze tablet in its hallway.

— Irl Engelhardt

BS, 1968

Why support the University Library?

The Library is essential to the intellectual vitality of the University and attracts talented students, faculty, and scholars to the Urbana-Champaign campus. With more than 13 million volumes, it is one of the world’s great research libraries and renowned for the depth and breadth of its collections. The Library is central to the University’s mission of teaching, research, and public service, and it is the one campus unit that serves all academic disciplines.

The Library Friends Annual Fund Program

The Annual Fund Program provides crucial dollars to support the Library’s current needs. Within the past few years, gifts to the Annual Fund have averaged over $600,000 per year. The Printers’ Marks Society was established to celebrate and honor our Library Friends whose contributions have met and exceeded certain milestone levels.

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